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Latin History for Morons

Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Clever, Relevant, Thought-provoking
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After a run at the Public Theater, Emmy and Obie winner John Leguizamo brings his hit solo show about the buried history of Latinos in the Americas to Broadway.

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Inspired by the near total absence of Latinos in his son’s American history class, Leguizamo embarks on a frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son’s school project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latin patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Ricky Ricardo into 100 irreverent and uncensored minutes in his trademark style.

 
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79
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80
Theatermania

“Class is in session...Our professor is the ever-animated Leguizamo, who jubilantly lectures, provokes, and amuses...We spend 100 minutes laughing at his antics... Leguizamo presents a show that is refreshingly un-PC. No tribe escapes Leguizamo's gleeful mockery...As thrilling as it was to behold him up-close, he seems more at home on Broadway...It never feels like too much...Sadly, we don't actually learn much about pre-Columbian America...There is still a lot of digging to do." Full Review

60
Time Out New York

“A history lecture delivered by the class clown, with the pleasures and limitations that entails…An energetic journey through Latin America’s past, with plenty of time set aside for jokes, full-throttle dancing, and a narratively convenient plot…The history he offers is often junky, but rigor is hardly his goal. At the risk of ‘compliment-sulting’ him in the style of his Latin mom: The show’s shortcomings are part of its message and, in a way, its appeal.” Full Review

70
The New York Times

“Like the best mimics, Leguizamo administers large but precisely calibrated doses of exaggeration to make his impersonations pop...At their best, his jokes get at something deep...If only the character at the center of this frenetic one-man show were as convincing...The physical comedy, often verging on dance, is priceless...But the family drama remains, rickety and unconvincing...’Latin History for Morons’ would be richer if he didn’t try so hard to make something so awful so funny.” Full Review

85
The Huffington Post

“Leguizamo is back, as smart, provocative and bracing as ever. And wise...He attempts to explicate 'Latin History for Morons'. The main moron being addressed, in this dazzling comedic-analytic-philosophic evening of laughter, appears to be Leguizamo himself...He effortlessly channels dozens of disparate characters...The actor still has the moves, and he doesn’t mind livening up the tempo now and then...The man knows his audience, and his Latin lesson is a treat.” Full Review

80
DC Theatre Scene

“’Latin History’ exists on three planes – fascinating nuggets of actual history, eclectic comic shtick, and a funny, tender story of the performer’s efforts to connect with his family...He intersperses this kinetic collage with sexy, high-octane dance breaks that have been his signature...Leguizamo is maturing...For the Broadway transfer, Loreta’s still around, but she’s toned down and clarified, as are several of the jokes. Leguizamo has also sharpened his cultural and political critiques." Full Review

65
AM New York

“The show is a tall order for Leguizamo to fill on his own, with overlapping tracks that include a slow and sentimental multi character family drama, stand-up comedy, personal confessions, history, political criticism and even an elaborate dance break...His long-winded attempt to dramatize conversations with his son, wife and daughter falls flat and weighs down the rest of the show, in which he interacts directly with the audience with flair, fervor and ease.” Full Review

85
Times Square Chronicles

"Where this show is seriously entertaining, it is also thought provoking. Leguizamo makes a strong case for the Latin people having more rights to be in America than Americans...There are lines that are so funny and sadly truthful...He manages to create an important discussions on race and intolerance, while discussing it as comedic theatre. Leguizamo’s brilliance has come a long way. Taccone directs this piece with panache and flair...This is a lesson we all need." Full Review

85
Deadline

“Leguizamo interweaves his own story with a hilarious retelling of the advances and destruction of the Aztec, Maya, and Inca civilizations, and the rise of modern Latin culture...There are visual aids, many jokes and a sober mission at work, all effectively pushed to the max...The conclusion of this rich entertainment isn’t what you expect - Leguizamo’s genius rests in part in his ability to continually surprise us – which makes it all the more satisfying.” Full Review

75
New York Daily News

“The show is fast-paced, funny, foul-mouthed, insightful and, on the down side, occasionally cringe-worthy...Amid the commentary Leguizamo slips in and out of Spanish, busts out dance moves and apes accents of friends, family, and famous figures. Leguizamo is a terrific mimic..Still, doing voices of a deaf relative and scientist Stephen Hawking...turned out to be buzzkill. But the same lines would work simply in his own voice — it’s an easy edit.” Full Review

85
Front Mezz Junkies

“He wows us with his comic characterizations and high energy Latin beat dance moves, giving us a master class in the art of putting on a personal storytelling show. What it lacks in high conflict resolution it makes up in sweet father/child dynamics...It couldn’t be delivered with such a big dose of heart and humor by anyone else but this incomparable performer...Sometimes it feels a tad bit on the light side and unfocused, but the personal drive is always present.” Full Review

80
TheaterScene.net

“Structured as a raucous historical lecture, Leguizamo’s latest, self-written solo show is exuberantly performed, well observed and often quite funny. It’s entertaining but its running time...could lead to restlessness for those who are not major fans...Though arguably a more contained format would have been more effective, with ‘Latin History for Morons’ Leguizamo succeeds at his informative and diversionary goals with tremendous flair.” Full Review

85
The Wrap

“Leguizamo’s 90-minute show may best be enjoyed by theatergoers who are very familiar with the last 3,000 years of life in the Western Hemisphere...Both informative and hysterically funny in the way Leguizamo takes a subject and turns our perceptions inside out...It’s a surreal journey and most enjoyable in little offhand moments...The most fun you’ll have in a classroom since 'Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All.'" Full Review

85
Talkin' Broadway

“Professor Leguizamo is here to ‘undo your whole education and the entire way you think’ in approximately 100 minutes...All of these stories are told in Leguizamo's inimitable style that incorporates hilarious reenactments, impressions, and a steady stream of obscenity-laden one-liners in both English and Spanish...Even if you aren't already among the legions of whooping Leguizamo fans, you are likely to be among the converted by the time you leave.” Full Review

85
CitiTour

"Hilarious and surprisingly enlightening...For all its deeply felt honesty, the show is no pity party; in fact, more often, it’s a real party where audience members feel free to hoot, holler, clap, and get up and meringue...It’s a tough balancing act, one which Leguizamo manages with the skill of the most experienced tightrope walker...While he may not have the impersonation skills of the world’s greatest mimics, each of the personae he takes on are wonderfully delineated.” Full Review

90
Wolf Entertainment Guide

"One of the funniest shows in town...The working of family into the show provides the chance for sentiment to embellish the comedy. Sometimes that slows things down a bit, but it injects heart into what Leguizamo is seriously dispensing beneath all of the hilarity. And hilarity is the right word, for Leguizamo is a master of timing, physical comedy...and overall cleverness...In this show he rises majestically above what I have seen him achieve previously." Full Review

85
Front Row Center

“Leguizamo is funny, charming, has a limitless range of voices to portray his multiple characters, and above all, injects his material with a Thanksgiving-size portion of humanity....Timeless and topical...A minor negative — the many Spanish curse words and phrases were joyously funny to the Spanish speakers but unknown to others...By taking this theatrical journey, you will laugh constantly, relate to John’s family, and be more aware of the contributions of the native peoples of the Americas." Full Review

80
Financial Times (UK)

“Profanity, toilet humour, and touchingly inept dancing are all central to Leguizamo’s manic display of autodidacticism...Leguizamo’s boisterous, chalk-covered persona and Peter Sellers-esque gift for mimicry more than make up for any lack of historiographical subtlety...Leguizamo and director Taccone understand that you need more than a cogent political argument to hold the stage...When the show finally turns to the current president, Leguizamo’s shift from humor to anger is devastating.” Full Review

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The Wall Street Journal

"The audience was charmed by his impersonations and cheered his resentments...This is meant to be more than merely entertaining; we are supposed to shed moronic ignorance. Do we? It turns out that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing...It might be poor critical manners to so solemnly respond to a show that so many enjoy so much, but surely not even mock professors would want this show’s title to allude to them." Full Review

90
NY1

“Leguizamo's sixth solo performance...This one reveals a maturing comedian who manages to be funny, instructive, and touchingly reflective...Leguizamo's talent extends to dance moves and a mastery of dialects as he takes on dozens of characters, capturing each voice and gesture with stunning precision...His boundless energy and comic timing never seems to fail with a virtuosity that continually tops itself...As a solo performer — he ranks among the very best.” Full Review

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Reflections in the Light

“The raw, bawdy monologue was born from the frustration Leguizamo encountered trying to help his son find a Latin hero to write about for a school project...The presentation is raw and filled with vulgar language...Leguizamo is an engaging performer...but this show just didn't strike me as very funny. Perhaps the seriousness of the subject doesn't lend itself to many laughs. The dialogue also deals with his son's bullying at a private school where parents display prejudice.” Full Review

80
The Observer

"Taccone does the only thing a self-respecting director should do. He gets out of the way...Most of the rant is frantic and funny...As dotty as his anecdotes, ad libs, history lessons, and other examples of higher learning are, it’s even more hysterical to watch him tell them....When it ends, you don’t know a thing about Latin History 101, but you do feel a little more like a moron." Full Review

80
New York Magazine / Vulture

“It’s a sobering education, but ‘Latin History’ is never a slog...Leguizamo keeps us laughing all the way through...A first-rate mimic...Leguizamo has a lot of value to share and an overflow of charm to share it with. He could have used a slightly more rigorous editor: certain devices start to feel overused...And the show’s emotional plot veers towards the predictable and sentimental. But such foibles feel minor relative to ‘Latin History’s’ abundance of humor and heart.” Full Review

80
StageZine

“A master at solo performances...Leguizamo is most enjoyable when he’s imitating everything from friends and relatives to famous folks...Granted, not everything works here...Taccone allows Leguizamo free rein to do what he does best: Satirize history while bringing colorful characters to life with energy, wit and enthusiasm, making us all laugh about the delicate and controversial topic of diversity while showcasing the absurdity of bigotry and ignorance in American society.” Full Review

90
Diandra Reviews it All

"'Latin History For Morons' is not only Leguizamo’s best work; it is also his most important and wisest...Directed by Tony Taccone, hilarious, important, and upsetting are some of the most poignant terms to describe John Leguizamo’s 'Latin History For Morons.' It is not only a must-see for theatre lovers, but also for those that believe human rights are for all." Full Review

75
Newsday

"The Colombian-born monologist-actor keeps up the energy he’s known for in past shows...His takes on everyone from Sigmund Freud to Andrew Jackson are righteously funny, if bordering on the obscene. But attempts to keep things current with passing references to Weinstein and Spacey fall flat. We see a more mature Leguizamo here, sharing the universal struggles of parenting and acknowledging that he doesn’t have all the answers." Full Review

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81
Avg Score

75
Funny, Clever, Slow, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy John or his brand of comedy. It is quite funny most of the show, however, it runs a little long towards the end.

Don't see it if You don't enjoy a bit of a fluffy show.

84
Clever, Great acting, Relevant, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You like John Leguizamo (he takes a pic and autograph afterwards, with the purchase of a book). Solo show. Some Español. Some cussing. All

Don't see it if Funny. It was educational. Seat price a little steep, considering. Mezzanine seats were uncomfortable. My best friend was so happy, so B+

70
Funny, Disappointing

See it if You want to see a lighthearted comedy that discusses relevant issues in our society.

Don't see it if You're hoping it will be hysterical or poignant - it's definitely funny and has its meaning, but less impactful than I expected.

83
Funny, Ambitious, Clever, Delightful, Entertaining

See it if You want to laugh all night and are a fan of John. It was fantastic a great deal of energy.

Don't see it if If you don’t agree with his politics and don’t like one man shows.

96
Funny, Entertaining

See it if Great comedy, for 18-50 year olds. If you like John as a comedian you will like the show.

Don't see it if No families, no older people, If you get offensive to your age, race and religion don’t see it

75
Funny

See it if you're a fan of John Leguizamo. Its a comedy show. I saw it in previews. Did not find it as funny as his other stuff.

Don't see it if if you are not a fan.

90
Funny, Must see, Resonant, Great writing, Entertaining

See it if you enjoy comedy, want to learn some something and/or want an all-around great show which will make you laugh and tug at your heart.

Don't see it if You don’t like unconventional one man shows, John Leguizamo or have no interest in Spanish history.

84
Clever, Delightful, Masterful, Relevant, Hilarious

See it if Leguizamo matches the frenetic energy of past monologue pieces within a framework releveant to current political times

Don't see it if Has the occasional (seemingly) recycled gag; consistent with past pieces so known non-fans are unlikely to be swayed

80
Funny, Clever, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of John's humor, want to know a bit of history, want a show that's funny.

Don't see it if Don't like comedy, not a fan of John, are close minded, racist, don't want to learn anything new. Have issue with Spanish spoken at times.

Also This Latina learned quite a few things. While the show was funny, as J... Read more Read less

86
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Relevant

See it if you enjoy history, Latin culture, John Leguizamo, one man shows, Spanish references and jokes.

Don't see it if You have no interest in Spanish culture, history and humor. Don’t like John Leguizamo, one man shows or unconventional shows.

74
Clever, Intelligent, Relevant, Dated

See it if You enjoy a mix of memoir and history lecture (without smacking of academia). You want to support latinx material on bway.

Don't see it if You dislike low-brow, offensive humor (unnecessarily stereotypical impressions that punched down).

85
Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant

See it if you are a John Leguizamo fan, if you are Latino or know and love a Latino, or if you are interested in inclusive history.

Don't see it if vulgar language insults you, you are not interested in historical inclusion of minority perspectives or in Latin issues in general.

78
Funny, Great acting, Raunchy, Long

See it if you're a John Leguizamo fan. He's wonderful and the show's entertaining. His material is better in the beginning than the end.

Don't see it if you don't like stand-up or a lot of raunchy comments. But it's fun and worth seeing.

70
Funny, Disappointing, Cliched, Entertaining

See it if You like John Leguizamo and 1 man shows

Don't see it if You want deep insightful drama

78
Funny, Clever, Intelligent, Entertaining

See it if You are a fan of John Leguizamo and his character humor.

Don't see it if You expect it to be just a comedy show.

88
Intelligent, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You’re a fan of The Daily Show or any of the news parodies. If you like shows about relevant contemporary subjects, funny but intelligent.

Don't see it if You’re a Fox News watching fan of the Orange Cheeto in the White House or are in favor of building his ridiculous wall.

72
Clever, Cute, Annoying audience

See it if you want to see a one man show

Don't see it if you dont like leguizame

80
Funny, Clever, Edgy, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if you are a John Leguzamo fan and you are aware of the current political climate on immigration, Columbus and Native Americans.

Don't see it if you hate politics or you want a light, frothy evening.

100
Funny, Thought-provoking, Must see, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You want to laugh, from beginning to end

Don't see it if If you don’t believe in Latin history as told by Latin America

75
Ambitious, Clever, Slow

See it if You like comedy shows; this is more like an extended bit than a play. You enjoy engaging history in a crass and casual way.

Don't see it if You need a little more action in your plays. There is quite a bit of offense to be taken from this show, so also consider that.

90
Funny, Clever, Delightful, Quirky

See it if You are a fan of one man shows.

Don't see it if Other than children, I can’t see many people not finding something to enjoy from this production.

Also John Leguizamo does a wonderful job of uniquely delivering Latin histo... Read more Read less

86
Clever, Delightful, Great acting, Relevant, Entertaining

See it if You enjoy great theater and want to learn about all the things that the history books left out.

Don't see it if you don’t want to advance your knowledge of Latin History delivered to you by one of America’s best actors!

85
Funny, Great acting, Relevant, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You love comedy shows that are quick, funny and thought provoking.

Don't see it if You have a narrow mind. You love the political climate of today. You think whites are superior. You expect anything other than comedy.

60
Disappointing, Overrated, Slow

See it if You just want to see John Leguizamo & a couple of funny lines.

Don't see it if You expect to see a stand up comic do a very funny routine. It is very drawn out and not that funny.

80
Clever, Intelligent, Hilarious, Entertaining

See it if You would enjoy a Latin history lesson delivered with great humor. Intelligent funny story telling.

Don't see it if You don’t like one man shows or easily offended by certain language..